up in the air
/ˌʌp ɪnðɪ ˈɛɹ/
completely uncertain or left unresolved
at loose ends
/æt lˈuːs ˈɛndz/
having no idea what one should do, particularly due to an unexpected or upsetting change
betwixt and between
/bɪtwˈɪkst ænd bɪtwˈiːn/
in an uncertain position, particularly due to being stuck between two alternatives
down to the wire
/dˌaʊn tə ðə wˈaɪɚ/
used to refer to a situation in which the outcome is unclear until the last moment
shades of gray
/ʃˈeɪdz ʌv ɡɹˈeɪ/
a situation in which it is hard to determine what is right or wrong or what one must do
at sixes and sevens
/æt sˈɪksᵻz ænd sˈɛvənz/
used to refer to someone who is completely confused
to have mixed feelings / emotions about sb/sth
/hæv mˈɪkst fˈiːlɪŋz ɪmˈoʊʃənz ɐbˌaʊt ˌɛsbˈiː slˈæʃ ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
to not be sure whether one agrees with, likes, or approves of someone or something
cold feet
/kˈoʊld fˈiːt/
the state in which one loses all one's confidence and willingness to continue doing something
loose thread
/lˈuːs θɹˈɛd/
the parts of something that are yet to be finished or resolved
to fall between two stools
/fˈɔːl bɪtwˌiːn tˈuː stˈuːlz/
to be in an unsatisfactory situation where one is unable to choose between two courses of action
to not know whether to laugh or cry
/nˌɑːt nˈoʊ wˈɛðɚ tə lˈæf ɔːɹ kɹˈaɪ/
to not now how to react to a situation as one is extremely frustrated or confused
between a rock and a hard place
/bɪtwˌiːn ɐ ɹˈɑːk ænd ɐ hˈɑːɹd plˈeɪs/
in a situation where one has difficulty choosing between two alternatives because both are equally undesirable
to chop and change
/tʃˈɑːp ænd tʃˈeɪndʒ/
to keep changing one's behavior or opinions in an abrupt manner
between the devil and the deep blue sea
/bɪtwˌiːn ðə dˈɛvəl ænd ðə dˈiːp blˈuː sˈiː/
in a situation where both choices lead to an undesirable outcome
on the horns of a dilemma
/ɑːnðə hˈɔːɹnz əvə dᵻlˈɛmə/
‌in a situation that forces one to choose between two alternatives that both have equally undesirable outcomes
to hem and haw
/hˈɛm ænd hˈɔː/
to hesitate in making a decision or saying something
the jury is (still) out
/ðə dʒˈʊɹi ɪz ˈaʊt/
‌used to express that no decision is made or no opinion is formed about something due to uncertainty
at a / the crossroads
/æt ɐ ðə kɹˈɔsɹoʊdz/
in a situation that one has to make an important and life-changing decision
of two minds
/ʌv tˈuː mˈaɪndz/
in a state of uncertainty in which it becomes difficult for one to make a decision between two available options
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